My sister, Lisa minutes after birthing Emmeline at home.

Unfortunately, due to the popularity of yoga classes and trainings, and in the attempt to achieve greater balance in life, Laurel is not accepting clients at this time.

Please contact one of the following Doulas for services:

Rhea Eady 519-259-9560
Jennifer Cox 519 258 7367
Kyrsten Burns 519-300-1102
Gillian Slate 519 990 4745
Diane Pepin 519 566 7687
Mindy Terrington 519 967 1913

Click here to see more information on natural pregnancy and labour.

Click to Download my Letter of Agreement to learn more detailed information about services provided and fee structure.

Laurel is a Certified Labour Doula through CAPPA Canada.

What is a Labour Doula?

A doula is a person who attends the birthing family before, during, and just after the birth of the baby. The certified doula is trained to deliver emotional support from home to hospital, ease the transition into the hospital environment, and be there through changing hospital shifts and alternating provider schedules. The doula serves as an advocate, labour coach, and information source to give the mother and her partner the added comfort of additional support throughout the entire labour. There are a variety of titles used by women offering these kinds of services such as “birth assistant,” “labour support specialist” and “doula”.

What Does a Doula Do?

Typically, doulas meet with the parents in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy to get acquainted and to learn about prior birth experiences and the history of this pregnancy. She may help you develop a birth plan, teach relaxation, visualization, and breathing skills useful for labour. Most importantly, the doula will provide comfort, support, and information about birth options.

A doula can help the woman to determine pre-labour from true labour and early labour from active labour. At a point determined by the woman in labour, the doula will come to her and assist her by:

  • Helping her to rest and relax
  • Providing support for the woman’s partner
  • Encouraging nutrition and fluids in early labour
  • Assisting her in using a variety of helpful positions and comfort measures
  • Constantly focus on the comfort of both the woman and her partner
  • Helping the environment to be one in which the woman feels secure and confident
  • Providing her with information on birth options

A doula works cooperatively with the health care team. In the event of a complication, a doula can be a great help in understanding what is happening and what options the family may have. The doula may also help with the initial breastfeeding and in preserving the privacy of the new family during the first hour after birth.

Labour Doula Studies And Statistics

Studies have shown that women supported by a doula during labour have:

  • 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery

WOMEN FIND DOULAS HELPFUL DURING LABOUR

WASHINGTON, DC —

Women who had doulas present during labour had significantly less epidural use and were more likely to rate the birth experience as positive than women who did not, according to a study in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Doulas provide praise, reassurance, comfort, and companionship to women in labour. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California followed 314 randomly selected patients aged 18 years and older between May 1994 and December 1996. Of these patients, 149 had doulas and 145 did not.

Women were randomly assigned to either the doula group or the usual-care group. Women assigned to the usual-care group received no special treatment. Telephone interviews were conducted with the women four to six weeks postpartum.

Of the women with doulas, 54% had an epidural compared to 66% of those in the usual-care group. Regarding their perceptions of the birth experience, a greater percentage of the doula group had a more positive view: 82% rated the birth experience as positive compared to only 67% of the usual-care group. Nearly 47% felt they coped very well compared to 28%; 58% felt labour had a very positive effect on their feelings as women compared to 44%; and 58% felt labour had a very positive effect on their perception of their bodies’ strength and performance compared to 41%. The study found no significant difference in rates of cesarean, vaginal forceps or vacuum delivery, oxytocin use, and postpartum depression. During the follow-up interview, 96% of the women who had doulas and 66% of those in the usual-care group were interested in having a doula for their next birth.